Often, many days go by when looking outside at the nearby trees is overlooked. The cold rainy day had soaked everyone as they made their way to the office. Lupus grumbled loudly as aching joints and stiffness responded to the damp chill penetrating the office.
The thermal glass was much too thin to block the deep chill penetrating the wall. The storm blanketing the mountains to the north with deep layers of winter snow brought a biting chill to our arid desert valley below. Pelting rain struck the office balcony and trees below, as the sky gave a message of promise read by everyone standing there in awe.
Dark gray clouds hung heavy in the eastern Arizona sky as a billowing contrast to the brilliant brush stroke arc of colors swept across the sky. The southern clouds even carried a faint echoing hint of a barely perceptible second bow. Standing where an outstretched hand could touch the drenching rain, the combination of invigorating chill and the intensely beautiful sky snapped away the lethargy of the aching rainy day.
Remembering the story of the first such rainbow adorning Noah’s sky refreshed a keen awareness of God’s many promises spanning the ages: never to flood the whole earth again, His Word delivered through holy men of old, the birth of a Savior, and the cross and resurrection that promise new life to those who believe and receive Him, and even now the promise of forgiveness and mercy while adventuring toward a heavenly future home.
With a heart full of these thoughts, today’s rainy day aches of Lupus were somehow dwarfed under the shadow of grand colors of promise hung over skies of history. A deep cleansing breath and lingering sigh were the only utterance that really described the sight.
The duties of the day soon called out the time to go back inside and into the office kitchen, where a fresh cup of hot coffee waited to warm and nudge persistently back toward the reality of waiting duties on a desk inside. The image of that gorgeous sky evoked thoughtful quietness as I sat down again to view the distractingly beautiful scene outside my office window.